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William Robert Allenby

Programme Coordinator Cabaret, Senior Lecturer, Vocal tutor

William Allenby


William Robert Allenby won an Associated Board Entrance Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1986. For 26 consecutive years he forged a significant solo career in the world of cabaret, opera, musicals, radio/TV. He now focuses much of his time on teaching and lecturing.

Careers highlights include; 1) Star singer ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC  Radio 2, (BBC recordings and broadcasts include music from; Carousel, South Pacific, Mack and Mabel, Oklahoma, The Song of Norway, Iolanthe, and ‘The Grand Duke- BBC Savoy Series), 2) Headline Act on leading cruise lines (RCCL, Radisson, NCL, Princess, Cunard, Crystal, Fred Olsen, Saga, Holland America) in over 400 performances of his own one-man cabaret shows, 3) guest artist with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, 4) appearances in International Tours of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with Westend International and the Really Useful Group, 5) concerts and recitals in New York, Italy, France and London and 6) appearances in cabaret and variety shows in theatres and comedy clubs around the UK. 

In addition to his commitments at the University of Chichester Conservatoire, Will is also a regular vocal coach for singers in the west end, a regular external assessor in performance at Royal Holloway, University of London and gives masterclasses and workshops in singing and performance. Masterclasses at home and abroad include; Royal Opera Covent Garden, Polish National Opera Young Artists programme in Warsaw, University of York and Musical Theatre workshops with west end Musical Director Dr Stuart Morley in London. 

In the Royal Academy of Music 2020 honours list, William was awarded the ARAM for his significant contribution to the music profession. 


ARAM (Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music) honorary award for services to music

FRSA (Fellow Royal Society of the Arts)

MISM (Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians)

AOTOS member (Association of Teachers of Singing)

Responsible for the development of all Cabaret Performance degree routes and module leader, assessor and programme coordinator.

Key Publications

The Travelling Trickster (MagicScene)-Contributor

International and National reviews of my performance work including; The New York Times, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Opera Magazine, Opera N


My Masters research was in work-based learning with a particular interest in innovative curriculum development in the performing arts.

Other department members

Alison Bell
Assistant Administrator
Alison Woodward
Alison Woodward
Deputy Director, University of Chichester Conservatoire
Programme Coordinator - BA Hons Acting for Film and BA Hons Music
Alonso Mendoza-Moreno
Alonso Mendoza-Moreno
Associate Lecturer - Instrumentalist

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